Quality Manager / Quality Assurance Manager / Supplier Quality

  • Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, gb
  • Full-time
  • Salary: £56,556 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 6
  • Department: QSHE

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow’s fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid. As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for a highly motivated Quality Manager to join the QSHE Risk and Assurance Directorate on a permanent basis, with experience of managing quality assurance within an engineering environment.

This role supports the organisation by implementing a Quality Management Strategy which enables continual improvement and UKAEA to achieve its goals and objectives.

You will be well-suited to the position if you have excellent people and leadership skills. As our Quality Manager you will be working collaboratively with stakeholders across all levels of an organisation, while developing management systems in line with international standards, including ISO 9001:2015 / 14001:2015 / 45001:2018

What will you be responsible for?

  • Developing supplier quality performance and capability to ensure project requirements are achieved.
  • Leading and developing the quality team to achieve their full potential in line with organisational requirements.
  • Working with key stakeholders to establish and deliver the organisational quality requirements.
  • Conducting the Quality cultural change programme across the organisation, including development and implementation of quality training.
  • Working with Procurement and project managers to establish supplier quality requirement
  • Develop and implement processes for confirming supplier compliance against UKAEA requirements for products and services.

Travelling to external partners, other UKAEA sites and conferences will be required on occasion.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

-A degree or equivalent in an engineering or technical discipline.

-Previous experience as a quality manager, ideally with experience of supplier development and supplier performance management.

-Knowledge and experience of ISO9001 based quality management systems and awareness of ISO14001 and ISO45001.

-Managing the quality assurance function within an engineering environment.

-Excellent communication skills (including report writing) to articulate and present stakeholder requirements to all levels within the organisation and interpersonal skills to achieve effective working relationships across the organisation

-Experience of managing and leading teams.

– Whilst possessing a good problem solving ability, you will take a pragmatic approach to resolving concerns and implementing corrective actions where needed.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

-Experience of auditing internal processes and external suppliers.

-Lead Auditor qualification desirable.

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme (up to 7% for Levels 1 – 7, as well as 3rd and 4th year apprentices) and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success.

Please be advised that we generally advertise vacancies for 4 weeks however we may close earlier than this if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and any other appropriate security checks as part of their clearance – which will include The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks which will show the details of all current criminal convictions or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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